New Mini convertible with evolutionary design

New Mini convertible with evolutionary designMunich  - The new Mini convertible will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in early 2009 with an evolutionary design concept, a more economical engine and other modifications, according to a recent announcement.

In addition, the new Mini convertible will be offered with several additional colour combinations and options, according to BMW, which owns the subsidiary.

Prices in Germany for the Mini Cooper convertible start at 22,500 euros (28,935 dollars) with the Mini Cooper S convertible selling at 26,500 euros.

First deliveries are scheduled for March 2009.

Like its predecessor, the vinyl roof comes with an integrated sunroof function.

The soft top can be opened automatically at speeds of up to 30 kilometres an hour in just 15 seconds.

The rear seat has an easy-load function and when folded down increases the load volume to 660 litres.

This variability is possible because of a hidden rollover bar behind the front seats that is activated only in an emergency.

Two engine options will be available initially.

The Mini Cooper is powered by a 1.6-litre engine with an output of 88 kilowatt/120 horsepower while the Mini Cooper S, fitted with a twin-scroll turbo loader, has an output of
128 kW/175 hp.

According to BMW, fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 23 per cent compared to predecessor models because of start-stop and other fuel-saving technology. (dpa)